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I noticed for the past month or so, eBay sales dropped significantly. I don't sell seasonal products, it's really strange seeing a drop from 10k a month to 3-4k a month. Record breaking low sales

Anyone aware of recent algorithm changes?

Want to hear other opinions.

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Default Re: huge eBay Sales Drop???

Havnt noticed any drop in my sales.
Might have to do with the specific items youre selling perhaps?
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My guess would be your competition is wiping you out. Traffic/sales have been steady for me all year.
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Default Re: huge eBay Sales Drop???

What priced items?

I have noticed competition has lowered prices to the point everyone loses money on many things these days.

In one niche of higher dollar items $300-1500.00 items, unless you are willing to loose $15-100 per item, you will not sell anything. 2 million dollars of stale inventory waits for better and brighter days.

Cheaper stuff flys out the door still!
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Default Re: huge eBay Sales Drop???

I had a huge drop, but my account became limited so I dropped in search rankings so that was to be expected.

I noticed the opposite true from Dec 25 until March though, huge seasonal increase for some reason even though my products aren't seasonal, then buying calmed down in April before my account even became limited
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Default Re: huge eBay Sales Drop???

As far as i know in uk most of business on ebay are down around 40% it's been dropping from past 3 to 4 months don't know what going to happen
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Some say that Europe is expecting the biggest recession since the last great recession within the next 6 months with USA to follow a few months after. Same as 2008....

Kinda makes sense.
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My sales have also dropped a lot, so I am not alone.
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I noticed for the past month or so, eBay sales dropped significantly. I don't sell seasonal products, it's really strange seeing a drop from 10k a month to 3-4k a month. Record breaking low sales

Anyone aware of recent algorithm changes?

Want to hear other opinions.

-scotch
Hey there,

I have had sales drops as well, but I contribute it to the spring starting again. Soon summer will be here, and sales will drop gradually until september, than it will pick up again. Summertime is always slower.

I did not hear or read anything about changed parameters or other new god-knows-now-what new Ebay rules.

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Default Re: huge eBay Sales Drop???

Seems like everyone's sales are dropping. On a brighter note, my sales have gone up by about 15% over the last few weeks.
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Default Re: huge eBay Sales Drop???

Yeah, here and there competition may sell lower on some items. I feel something is wrong on the economic scale... I start questioning the power of purchase.
First time in god how many years I have noticed a drastic drop in sales. Not instant but rather gradual (in short period of time).

- I do agree with the fact it really depends what type of products you sell. Some can still make a dollar even in recession.
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Yep my sales have also dropped over the last two months....

Could it have something to do with the new product review system?
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Default Re: huge eBay Sales Drop???

Competition is one thing. Are there other newer items that have hit the market that are not in your supply? Perhaps your items are just not as popular as before? Just ideas...
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Default Re: huge eBay Sales Drop???

I logged on here to find this thread and comment, and what do you know, here it is. Yup, my sales have dropped in the last few weeks as well. Hopefully it picks back up soon.
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Default Re: huge eBay Sales Drop???

My have dropped starting in the spring but sales have slowly increased, but summer is the best time when more kids are at school playing games and need more hard drive space. Then Christmas comes and I am off to the races.

I love summer.
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Default Re: huge eBay Sales Drop???

I noticed another thing causing sales to drop is they now insert all of the international sellers along side / above US sellers. Which is REDICULOUS. Several items have sold from other countries, and buyers paid $30 extra to ship, because all these international sellers are above me in search rankings. I had the same item, here in the US, for far less.

Alternatively, the converse is true... the only sales I've gotten all month have been international... so I'm screwing someone in their respective countries by being ahead of the own countries sellers
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Default Re: huge eBay Sales Drop???

I think eBay is just fidgeting/experimenting with the search rankings, hence why people's sales are being affected. Really dont think its anything to do with season/potential recession.
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Default Re: huge eBay Sales Drop???

Appreciate all the comments and possible cause-effect issues.
Overall to whoever is reading this thread:
1. Summer time is coming, people may focus on summer type of products. (Very likely)
2. Competition is definitely one possible reason, but it shouldn't affect sales drastically. At least not sudden. I keep my eye out anyways
3. eBay may manipulate their algorithm. We may not be aware.

Another thing I have noticed. The number of reviews competitors receive/month dropped. It tells something.
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I think eBay is just fidgeting/experimenting with the search rankings, hence why people's sales are being affected. Really dont think its anything to do with season/potential recession.
I agree ebay done something for best match search

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Default Re: huge eBay Sales Drop???

Seems it has to do with recent eBay changes.. there are some grumblings in the community board.

"My sales for 2016 have plummeted by 70% or more. It is very eerie...too quiet out there! I feel like Keen Ideas doesn't exist. April 15th through May 15th sales were about 80% lower than 2015 during the same period. Been thinking about baling out for another site since January. Ruby Lane maybe? "
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Default Re: huge eBay Sales Drop???

Usually I hit a high-sales period around April, it just hasn't happened this year, very flat. And this is across several ebay and amazon stores, which suggests it's a change in the public, and nothing to do with my listings as such.
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I do more auctions vs buy it now. My auction prices have recovered from last month. Average auction prices are about 14% vs last month.
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